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Groovy example source code file (MetaProperty.java)

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class, class, metaproperty, metaproperty, object, object, property_set_prefix, reflection, string, string

The Groovy MetaProperty.java source code

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 * Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
 * you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
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package groovy.lang;

import java.lang.reflect.Modifier;

import org.codehaus.groovy.runtime.MetaClassHelper;

 * Represents a property on a bean which may have a getter and/or a setter
 * @author <a href="mailto:james@coredevelopers.net">James Strachan
 * @version $Revision: 14463 $
public abstract class MetaProperty {

    protected final String name;
    protected Class type;
    public static final String PROPERTY_SET_PREFIX = "set";

    public MetaProperty(String name, Class type) {
        this.name = name;
        this.type = type;

     * @return the property of the given object
     * @throws Exception if the property could not be evaluated
    public abstract Object getProperty(Object object);

     * Sets the property on the given object to the new value
     * @param object on which to set the property
     * @param newValue the new value of the property
     * @throws RuntimeException if the property could not be set
    public abstract void setProperty(Object object, Object newValue);

    public String getName() {
        return name;

     * @return the type of the property
    public Class getType() {
        return type;
    public int getModifiers() {
        return Modifier.PUBLIC;

    public static String getGetterName(String propertyName, Class type) {
        String prefix = type == boolean.class || type == Boolean.class ? "is" : "get";
        return prefix + MetaClassHelper.capitalize(propertyName);

    public static String getSetterName(String propertyName) {
        return PROPERTY_SET_PREFIX + MetaClassHelper.capitalize(propertyName);

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